Reaching out to professors for grad school.

Reaching out to professors for grad school.

Hello r/Ecology,

I’m currently starting the process of looking for potential advisors for a masters program (ideally starting Fall 2020). I know formal applications are done in the fall and winter, but I figure now is the time to start contacting professors and trying to find a good fit.

My question is what all ought I include in my initial email to these professors? How long should it be? Obviously I will include a short bit about my background and my research interests, and a bit about what has drawn me to their lab, but should I be including a formal CV in this first contact, or wait for future follow ups? Any other tips on how to format these emails or things I should be doing to set myself apart?

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